Work to create a contemporary and vibrant new bus station for Durham metropolis is ready to press forward after a multi-million pound funding package deal was permitted.
The North East Joint Transport Committee (JTC) has allotted £3.6m in the direction of the general £10.4m scheme following a profitable bid from Durham County Council.
The council says the funding shall be of significant significance in supporting the restoration of the native financial system and the transport sector following the impression of coronavirus.
In March 2020, the North East area was awarded £198m from the Government’s Transforming Cities Fund to support the supply of sustainable transport capital measures.
The bus station undertaking is the primary scheme within the North East to profit from the funds, with the extra £6.8m offered by Durham County Council.
By securing the funding, plans for the bus station can now progress with works expected to start in mid-February.
The 18-month undertaking will see the reallocation of bus stops on North Road and Millburngate in mid-February, with demolition of the prevailing bus station, which is in North Road, beginning quickly after.
Following this, development of the new bus station ought to start within the spring with the positioning expected to open in late summer time 2022.
The new improvement will present a transport hub for Durham metropolis with a big improve within the quantity of house for passengers, improved bathroom and child altering amenities and a design which focuses on improved safety.
The station will even match throughout the historic nature of its surrounds and embrace a spread of sustainable supplies; in addition to being match for future greener transport choices.
Many of the design options integrated into the new station are in response to suggestions acquired from a session in 2019, when the council requested members of the general public what they felt ought to be achieved to enhance the power.
The new station is a key a part of the broader programme of developments across the metropolis, together with Riverwalk and Millburngate, with the purpose of enhancing the financial prosperity of Durham metropolis in addition to transport infrastructure and hyperlinks to cities and villages throughout the county.
It will assist assist companies of their restoration from the coronavirus pandemic by attracting guests to Durham by way of the station, and in addition growing footfall into town centre to assist town’s impartial retailers, its hospitality sector, and its indoor and out of doors markets.
Coun Carl Marshall, cupboard member for financial regeneration at Durham County Council, who additionally represents Durham on the North East JTC and is the North East board member for Transport for the North (TfN), the north’s statutory transport physique, stated: “We’re delighted that the undertaking has been in a position to safe this new funding and that plans can progress as expected.
“Durham metropolis has lengthy wanted a new and improved, state-of-the-art bus station and as soon as completed the positioning will present a significantly better welcome to town for guests, commuters and residents alike.”